My Favourite Actresses

List is in alphabetical order. My Top Twelve (Not in Order): Amy Adams, Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, Jennifer Connelly, Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Emily Blunt, Elizabeth Olsen, Charlize Theron and Shailene Woodley.

My favourite performances by each actress are in their description in chronological order from top to bottom.

Note: My favourite performance by each actress is bolded.
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1.
Amy Adams
Actress, Arrival
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Junebug
2. Enchanted
3. Sunshine Cleaning
4. The Fighter
5. The Master
6. American Hustle
7. Nocturnal Animals
8. Arrival ” - Fran1211
 
2.
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. In a World
2. Man Up ” - Fran1211
 
3.
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Aviator
2. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
3. Blue Jasmine
4. Truth
5. Carol ” - Fran1211
 
4.
Emily Blunt
Actress, Sicario
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria, Edge of Tomorrow, and The Girl on the Train, among many others. Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of four children in the family of Joanna Mackie...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. My Summer Of Love
2. The Devil Wears Prada
3. Sunshine Cleaning
4. Your Sister's Sister
5. The Five Year Engagement
6. Edge Of Tomorrow
7. Sicario ” - Fran1211
 
5.
Jessica Chastain
Actress, The Martian
Jessica Michelle Chastain was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and was in a dance troupe by age thirteen...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Take Shelter
2. The Help
3. The Tree Of Life
4. Zero Dark Thirty ” - Fran1211
 
6.
Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Requiem For A Dream
2. A Beautiful Mind
3. House Of Sand And Fog
4. Blood Diamond
5. Stuck In Love ” - Fran1211
 
7.
Marion Cotillard
Actress, Inception
Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton. Raised in Orléans, France, she made her acting debut as a child with a role in one of her father's plays...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Rust and Bone
2. Two Days, One Night
3. Macbeth
4. It's Only the End of the World ” - Fran1211
 
8.
Vera Farmiga
Actress, The Conjuring
Vera Farmiga is an American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Up in the Air and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Bates Motel. She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, the second of seven children...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Departed
2. Up In The Air
3. Bates Motel (TV Show)
4. The Conjuring 1 & 2 ” - Fran1211
 
9.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. She is of half Russian Jewish and half Hungarian Jewish descent. Eating in a local restaurant...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
2. Scream 2
3. Cruel Intentions
4. Veronika Decides To Die ” - Fran1211
 
10.
Greta Gerwig
Actress, Frances Ha
Greta Celeste Gerwig is an American actress and filmmaker. She was born in Sacramento, California, to Christine Gerwig (née Sauer), a nurse, and Gordon Gerwig, a financial consultant and computer programmer. She has German, Irish, and English ancestry. Gerwig was raised as a Unitarian Universalist...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Nights and Weekends
2. Greenberg
3. Damsels In Distress
4. Frances Ha
5. Mistress in America
6. Maggie's Plan
7. 20th Century Women ” - Fran1211
 
11.
Eva Green
Actress, Casino Royale
French actress and model Eva Gaëlle Green was born on July 6, 1980, in Paris, France. Her father, Walter Green, is a dentist who appeared in the 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar. Her mother, Marlène Jobert, is an actress turned children's book writer. Eva's mother was born in Algeria, of Sephardi Jewish heritage (during that time...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Dreamers
2. Casino Royale
3. 300: Rise Of An Empire
4. Womb ” - Fran1211
 
12.
Rebecca Hall
Actress, The Prestige
Rebecca Hall was born in London, UK, the daughter of Peter Hall, a stage director and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Maria Ewing, an opera singer. Her father is English. Her mother, who is American, is of Dutch, Scottish, Sioux, and African American origin. Her parents separated when she was still young...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Starter For 10
2. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
3. The Gift
4. Christine ” - Fran1211
 
13.
Anne Hathaway
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Devil Wears Prada
2. Rachel Getting Married
3. Love And Other Drugs
4. Les Miserables ” - Fran1211
 
14.
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from a Jewish family from the Bronx, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect, from Copenhagen. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter Johansson...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Lost In Translation
2. A Love Song For Bobby Long
3. Match Point
4. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
5. Don Jon
6. Under The Skin ” - Fran1211
 
15.
Felicity Jones
Felicity Rose Hadley Jones is an English actress. Jones was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, and grew up in Bournville. Her parents met while working at the Wolverhampton Express and Star. Her father was a journalist while her mother was in advertising. They divorced when she was three, and she was brought up with her brother by her mother alone...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Like Crazy
2. The Theory Of Everything
3. Rogue One
4. A Monster Calls ” - Fran1211
 
16.
Zoe Kazan
Actress, Ruby Sparks
Zoe Swicord Kazan was born in Los Angeles, California, to screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord. She is the granddaughter of director Elia Kazan. She is of Greek (from her paternal grandfather), English, and German descent. Kazan received her BA in Theater from Yale University. In the fall of 2006...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Exploding Girl
2. Ruby Sparks
3. The F Word
4. In Your Eyes
5. The Monster
6. The Big Sick ” - Fran1211
 
17.
Brie Larson
Actress, Room
Brie Larson has built an impressive career as an acclaimed television actress, rising feature film star and emerging recording artist. A native of Sacramento, Brie started studying drama at the early age of 6, as the youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Spectacular Now
2. Short Term 12
3. Trainwreck
4. Room
5. Free Fire ” - Fran1211
 
18.
Jennifer Lawrence
The highest-paid and most powerful actress in the world, with her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actor of her generation. Lawrence was born Jennifer Shrader Lawrence on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch), who manages a children's camp...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Winter's Bone
2. The Hunger Games Series
3. Silver Linings Playbook
4. American Hustle
5. X-Men: Days Of Future Past ” - Fran1211
 
19.
Laura Linney
Laura Leggett Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father was prominent playwright Romulus Linney, whose own great-grandfather was a congressman from North Carolina. Her mother, Miriam Anderson (Leggett), is a nurse. Although she did not live in her father's house (her parents having divorced when she was an infant)...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Truman Show
2. The Squid And The Whale
3. The Savages ” - Fran1211
 
20.
Rooney Mara
Actress and philanthropist Rooney Mara was born on April 17, 1985 in Bedford, New York. She made her screen debut in the slasher film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, went on to have a supporting role in the independent coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall, and has since starred in the horror remake A Nightmare on Elm Street...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
2. Side Effects
3. Carol
4. The Discovery ” - Fran1211
 
21.
Tatiana Maslany
Actress, Orphan Black
Tatiana Gabrielle Maslany was born September 22, 1985 in Regina, Saskatchewan, to Renate, a translator, and Dan, a woodworker. She graduated from Dr. Martin LeBoldus High school in 2003. She was a well respected student, and participated as often as possible in school productions. She is well known for her participation in the Canadian Improv Games...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Picture Day
2. Orphan Black
3. Two Lovers and a Bear
4. The Other Half ” - Fran1211
 
22.
Rachel McAdams
Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 was...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Notebook
2. Mean Girls
3. Red Eye
4. About Time
5. Southpaw
6. Spotlight ” - Fran1211
 
23.
Maika Monroe
Actress, It Follows
Santa Barbara-born Maika Monroe's initial desire was to pursue a career in professional freestyle kiteboarding (kite surfer). Following in her father's footsteps, she started the sport at the age of 13. She moved to the Dominican Republic's north coast of Cabarete in her senior year of high school to train full-time while she completed her studies online...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Guest
2. It Follows ” - Fran1211
 
24.
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from Burlington, New Jersey, has German, Irish, German-Jewish, and English ancestry...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Boogie Nights
2. The Big Lebowski
3. Magnolia
4. The Kids Are All Right
5. What Maisie Knew
6. Maps To The Stars
7. Still Alice ” - Fran1211
 
25.
Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films, Silent House, Liberal Arts, Godzilla, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. For her role in the critically-acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene, she was nominated for numerous awards...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Liberal Arts
2. Martha Marcy May Marlene
3. Silent House
4. Oldboy ” - Fran1211
 
26.
Teresa Palmer
Actress, Warm Bodies
Actress and model Teresa Palmer has gathered some impressive film credits. She was born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Kevin Palmer, an investor, and Paula Sanders, a former missionary and nurse. She completed high school at Mercedes College in 2003, where she was a popular student who was well-known for her practical jokes...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. 2:37
2. Restraint
3. Warm Bodies
4. Hacksaw Ridge
5. Berlin Syndrome ” - Fran1211
 
27.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan). Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Leon: The Professional
2. Garden State
3. V For Vendetta
4. Black Swan ” - Fran1211
 
28.
Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie was born in Dalby, Queensland, Australia and raised on the Gold Coast, spending much of her time at the farm belonging to her grandparents. Her mother, Sarie Kessler, is a physiotherapist. Robbie attended and graduated from Somerset College. In her late teens, she moved to Melbourne to pursue an acting career...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Wolf of Wall Street
2. Suicide Squad ” - Fran1211
 
29.
Saoirse Ronan
Actress, Atonement
Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved to Ireland, and Saoirse grew up in its County Carlow. Saoirse made her first TV appearance with a small role in a few episodes of the TV series...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Lovely Bones
2. Hanna
3. Brooklyn ” - Fran1211
 
30.
Sarah Snook
Sarah Snook was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. Showing promise in performing arts at a young age, Sarah was awarded a scholarship to study drama at Scotch College, Adelaide. After high school, she was accepted in to the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting)...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Predestination ” - Fran1211
 
31.
Hailee Steinfeld
Actress, True Grit
Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld, a fitness trainer, and her great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin. Her father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and her mother's ancestry is Filipino...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. True Grit
2. Edge Of Seventeen ” - Fran1211
 
32.
Kristen Stewart
Actress, Twilight
Though most famous for her role as Isabella "Bella" Swan in The Twilight Saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California, where she was born. Her parents, John Stewart and Jules Stewart, both work in film and television. Her mother is Australian...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Panic Room
2. Speak
3. The Runaways
4. Clouds Of Sils Maria
5. Still Alice
6. American Ultra ” - Fran1211
 
33.
Emma Stone
Actress, The Help
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista (Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, a contracting company founder and CEO. She is of Swedish (from her paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Paper Man
2. Zombieland
3. Easy A
4. Crazy, Stupid, Love
5. The Help
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2
7. Birdman
8. La La Land ” - Fran1211
 
34.
Hilary Swank
Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and Scottish...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Boys Don't Cry
2. Million Dollar Baby
3. Conviction ” - Fran1211
 
35.
Anya Taylor-Joy
Actress, The Witch
Anya Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children. Her mother is African-Spanish-English and her father is Scottish-Argentinian. She lived her whole life between Argentina and England. Her dad was an international banker but gave it all up to race motorboats. She was raised in Argentina until the age of six, then moved to London, where the family lived in Victoria...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Witch
2. Split ” - Fran1211
 
36.
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz) and Charles Jacobus Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner military figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Devil's Advocate
2. Monster
3. Arrested Development (TV Show)
4. Young Adult
5. Mad Max Fury Road ” - Fran1211
 
37.
Marisa Tomei
Actress, The Wrestler
Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York to mother Patricia "Addie" Tomei, an English teacher and father Gary Tomei, a lawyer. Marisa also has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy Brooklyn accent...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. My Cousin Vinny
2. Happy Accidents
3. The Wrestler
4. Cyrus ” - Fran1211
 
38.
Naomi Watts
Actress, King Kong
Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and she began to follow her mother and her brother around England...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Mulholland Drive
2. King Kong
3. Eastern Promises
4. Funny Games US
5. The Impossible
6. Birdman ” - Fran1211
 
39.
Kristen Wiig
Actress, The Martian
Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to Laurie J. (Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, a lake marina manager. She is of Norwegian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before settling in Rochester...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Bridesmaids
2. Girl Most Likely
3. The Skeleton Twins
4. Welcome To Me
5. The Diary Of A Teenage Girl ” - Fran1211
 
40.
Kate Winslet
Actress, Titanic
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Heavenly Creatures
2. Titanic
3. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
4. Little Children
5. Revolutionary Road
6. Steve Jobs ” - Fran1211
 
41.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a gifted actress, known for her versatile work in a variety of film and television projects. Possibly most known for her role as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, she has also starred in critically acclaimed independent films such as Smashed, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
2. Smashed
3. Faults
4. 10 Cloverfield Lane ” - Fran1211
 
42.
Evan Rachel Wood
Actress, The Wrestler
Evan Rachel Wood was born September 7, 1987, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father, Ira David Wood III, is a theatre actor, writer and director, and her mother, Sara Wood, is an actress and acting coach. She has two older brothers--Dana Wood, a musician, and Ira David Wood IV, who has also acted...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. Thirteen
2. Pretty Persuasion
3. Across The Universe
4. The Wrestler ” - Fran1211
 
43.
Shailene Woodley
Actress, Divergent
Actress Shailene Woodley was born in Simi Valley, California, to Lori (Victor), a middle school counselor, and Lonnie Woodley, a school principal. She has one brother, Tanner. She was educated at Simi Valley High School in California. When Woodley was four years old she began commercial modeling. Acting roles followed...
“ My Favourite Performances:
1. The Descendants
2. The Spectacular Now
3. Divergent
4. The Fault In Our Stars ” - Fran1211